James Harden crystalized his emotions concerning the Rockets after a 117-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night time, primarily telling reporters he was now not thinking about being a part of the franchise.
It had been reported that Harden was sad, and that he may attempt to drive a commerce this yr, however related NBA disputes have traditionally performed out to their conclusion principally out of public sight with occasional leaks from brokers serving as main story advancers. When Anthony Davis pushed out of New Orleans in 2019, for instance, there was an exit request made after which a complete bunch of awkward silence. Davis by no means sat in entrance of cameras and blasted his group in blunt phrases.
“(We’re) simply not ok,” Harden stated. “I like this metropolis. I actually have achieved every thing that I can. I imply, this example is loopy. It’s one thing that I don’t assume might be fastened.”
As one can think about, Harden’s teammates did not appear to understand his feedback, which got here on an evening he went 5-for-16 from the sphere and 1-for-6 from deep. Offseason arrival John Wall wasn’t refined in his response.
“It’s solely been 9 video games,” Wall stated. “Come on man, you wish to soar off a cliff after 9 video games? It’s lots of basketball nonetheless to be performed.”
After his time in Washington ended with greater than a yr away from basketball attributable to harm, Wall had hoped he may return to type on a Rockets group that had reached the playoffs eight straight years. Any hope of an upbeat marketing campaign is probably going gone now.
Many NBA followers have been bowled over by Harden’s information convention. Some have been upset, whereas others have been extra bemused.
James harden stated this tradition is terrible, who’s liable for this???? Me? Ah effectively by no means the much less
— Trill Withers (@TylerIAm) January 13, 2021
Harden hasn’t been his typical celebrity self this yr, and his personal struggles deserve some blame for Houston’s 3-6 file. He is averaging 17.4 factors per sport via 5 contests this month. In his worst month final yr, he averaged 28.2 factors per sport.
His conditioning has additionally been a supply of criticism — he seems much less nimble than in prior seasons — and his obvious weight acquire has been utilized by some individuals to disparage his work ethic.
Earlier Tuesday night time, the NBA TV pregame crew alluded to his modified look.
The 76ers and Nets have been mentioned as potential commerce locations for Harden, however no deal has been reported near taking place at this level.